“Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes”

Company culture has a huge effect on employee performance and the productivity of an organization as a whole. According to research conducted by the American Psychological Association, feeling valued is one of the main indicators of a worker’s job performance. Spreading an attitude of gratitude and knowing what motivates your employees is important in molding team culture.

With spring temperatures in Boston still lingering in the 30s, a morale boost was much needed here in the Castle office. One of the many benefits of working with a talented group of event and marketing professionals is that we can whip up a fabulous office celebration in no time! Last week, our very own Deb Spencer hosted a Jimmy Buffet-inspired “Changes in Attitudes, Changes in Latitudes” happy hour.

Here are a few of the wonderful things we were reminded of at happy hour:

Make Time – Take a break. Despite crazy schedules and numerous deadlines, it is important to stop for a moment and breathe. Scheduling this time for your team is vital – it forces you to slow down, if only for a moment, and refuel. Taking breaks helps reduce the possibility of burning out.

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Photo: These Key lime pie shooters were the perfect cool treat that helped us escape to a warmer place! One of our special guests, Otis, even enjoyed the snacks!

Make Memories – Get to know your coworkers and to appreciate those you serve and those who serve you in the workplace. An office happy hour creates the time and space to get to know one another. Our teams work closely together and the better we can anticipate and respond to each other’s needs, the more efficient and stress-free our work will be!

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Photo: Liz, Molly, and Nicole enjoy the time to chat and snack.

Make Space – You create the atmosphere. Deb invited The Parrot and Bird Emporium for a fun-filled interactive activity. We were able to hold the various birds in addition to enjoying a halftime demonstration of the birds’ advanced skills, such as picking up hoops by color, agility, skateboarding and aerial flips! Maybe the most impressive skill was how well the birds put up with the dog and baby who were present at our party.

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Photo: If the smiles aren’t proof enough, a great time was had by all.

Never underestimate the power of a great party. The event’s menu included chips, salsa and guacamole, “Cheeseburger in Paradise” sliders, “Last Mango in Paris” chicken skewers, and “License to Chill” Key lime pie shooters. Deb provided simple, crowd-pleasing favorites that were on theme and could easily be homemade or scooped up at the store.

Inspired to plan a happy hour for your office? Let us know what fun ideas you have!

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